In response to growing enrollment in Parkland schools, the proposed 2018-19 budget includes funding for 10 new teachers.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman spoke with The Press about the need for additional professional staff.
“We’ll use them [new employees] in areas where enrollment continues to grow,” Troutman said.
He said seven of the new teachers will be assigned to various schools throughout the district, probably Springhouse Middle School, the high school, and Parkway Manor and Cetronia elementary schools.
During the public comment portion of a recent South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, township resident Sam Lipot complained about the trees bordering Grandview Cemetery along Walbert Avenue.
The cemetery is owned by Stonemore PA LLC, 2735 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall
“The trees over near the cemetery look like a jungle,” Lipot said. “The township should be involved in it.”
Township Manager Renee Bickel replied PennDOT trimmed the trees, as Walbert Avenue is part of its jurisdiction.
Under the direction of Pastor Adam Kern, The Vine Church has been meeting at the Schnecksville Grange, 5322 Route 873, for more than a year.
Services take place at 6 p.m. every Sunday on the upper level.
On the first Sunday of each month, a free meal is offered at 5 p.m.
Kern explains the worship experience.
“We teach verse by verse through the Bible,” Kern said. “It is a contemporary worship with a more modern type of songs.
“Child care is provided up to third grade with snacks, play and a short Bible lesson.”
Construction of Hotel Hamilton, adjacent to the former King George Inn, Dorneyville, has been delayed going into a second year due to location of a stormwater pipe connection on the premises of The Shops at Cedar Point.
South Whitehall Planner Gregg Adams explained the situation to The Press.
“There is only a swale there now which goes to a stormwater inlet,” Adams said. “To put in a proper stormwater system, they must go on The Shops’ property to do anything.
South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval to Nestlé Purina Pet Care for an expansion project covering 6.5 acres of the 114.6 acre property at 2050 Pope Road.
The proposal includes additions of 5,800 square feet to the packaging and labeling warehouse; 7,700 square feet to the administration building; 300 square feet to the utility building; 11,800 square feet to the meat batching production factory; and 6,000 square feet to the can operations facility.
Attired in his black robe, District Judge Jacob Hammond administered the oath of office, at the Jan. 2 South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, to individuals who were successful in the November 2017 Municipal Election.
Christina “Tori” Morgan, who has been a commissioner since 2008, was re-elected, and newcomer Mark Pinsley is starting his first four-year term on the board.
Tax Collector Alvin Thompson and his deputy, Sandra Dieter, were also installed in office.
The board then proceeded with election of officers.
The Journeymen, the men’s ministry group at Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will host a chicken potpie dinner 4:30-7 p.m. Jan. 13. Snow date is Jan. 27.
The buffet-style meal will include biscuits with honey butter, pickled cabbage, macaroni and cheese, applesauce, assorted beverages and cake.
All proceeds will go toward The Journeymen’s charitable outreach ministry.
For more information, call 610-767-6884.
Union Lutheran offers midweek Holy Communion services noon every Wednesday in January.
South Whitehall Police Chief John Christman has retired from township employment to take the position director of security services for Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Christman commented during the Jan. 2 South Whitehall Township commissioners’ meeting on his new venture.
“It’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” Christman said. “It’s a big force with about 85 security officers. I have a lot to learn.”
Christman, who led the 39-member police department in South Whitehall, began as a patrol officer in the township 25 years ago.
South Whitehall commissioners have unanimously approved the 2018 general fund budget tax rate of 2.49975 mills, the same as 2017.
The general fund budget covers salaries, benefits, utilities, legal and engineering fees, and pension costs.
Residents will also be billed 0.47 mills for the newly created fire fund.
This tax amounts to $47 on each $100,000 of assessed property values.
This money will be kept separate from the general fund and used only for fire-related purposes to sustain the volunteer fire stations.
Parkland School Board has granted approval to Lehigh Carbon Community College to proceed with plans for relocation of its center city Allentown site.
LCCC board member Roberta Marcus reported classes are presently held in the former Portland Cement Co. building, known as the Donley Center, at 718 Hamilton Street.
She said college officials have tried to retrofit the building through the years but the large cement pillars in most rooms are a drawback.